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Record images showcase Australian life

Crocosaurus Cove. Image provided by the City of Sydney

One of Australia’s biggest photography prizes has attracted a record number of entries, with established and upcoming snappers keen to show off their work in the City of Sydney exhibition.

Australian Life judges selected a total of 22 finalists from more than 1,300 images – the largest ever number of entries in the competition’s 15-year history.

Judges Moshe Rosenzveig, founder of Head On Photo Festival, award-winning photographer Dean Sewell and visual arts curator Nina Miall, selected the finalist images from entries across the nation.

2017’s finalists include:

  • Time Flown: a fleeting moment that captures a moment at a Rozelle bus stop
  • Saturday Arvo: Newcastle Ocean Baths is a historic art deco pavilion that attracts pool swimmers, sun worshippers and newlyweds
  • Crocosaurus Cove: inside the ‘cage of death’ with Axel the croc at Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin
  • Frost Sheep: sunrise on a frosty sheep pasture in Learmonth, Victoria
  • Rain On My Parade: an image taken during the annual festival in drought-stricken Croydon
  • The House Between: new apartments and dwellings surround heritage houses in Hurlstone Park.

“From busy suburban streets to the expanse of the outback, the images in 2017’s Australian Life competition have been as interesting and varied as ever,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“These thought-provoking photographs go beyond the usual images of our country to reveal insights on our many different experiences of life in Australia.

“I look forward to seeing these images and the stories behind them along with thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors when they go on exhibition in Hyde Park.”

The Australian Life finalists will be exhibited in a large-scale exhibition along the St James walkway of Hyde Park from 14 September to 8 October 2017.

The winner of the $10,000 Australian Life prize will be announced before the exhibition opening on 14 September 2017.

Australian Life is part of the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About program of events and temporary art projects in unusual spaces throughout the city.

Source: City of Sydney

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